So, I read this article
and was intrigued by their use of the term homophobia. As I have
understood the term phobia, it’s a fear of something. Wikipedia backs this up. But, go to the Wikipedia definition of homophobia.
The first paragraph talks about fear a little, but mostly about
discrimination against, hatred of and, something I find completely
offensive, disapproval of.I find it chilling to contemplate a society when disapproval of
another’s actions is construed as hatred or a phobia. Even worse, I
shudder to think that there may be a day when it is illegal to
disapprove of somebody else’s actions. It seems to me the foundation
of this country was dissent.
Also, I recognize that while most people think we live in a democracy,
we don’t. Our president is elected by an electoral college that has no
mandate to vote with the populace and our laws are based on common law
(precedent) and written legislation, which is not directly voted on by
the people. This doesn’t seem significant until you realize that court
decisions in favor of a tiny minority create de facto laws that are
inflicted on the majority. I’m not saying this is bad, just the way it
is. Although it is bad. The result is that tiny, very vocal
minorities can hold sway over the majority if their issue is a pet
issue taken up by the leadership of the nation.
Anyway, I thought that definition was…interesting (frightening) and I wanted to point it out.